Young brothers drown in St. Ignatius irrigation canal

2010-08-17T06:00:00Z 2013-08-14T06:32:16Z Young brothers drown in St. Ignatius irrigation canalBy VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian
August 17, 2010 6:00 am  • 

ST. IGNATIUS - A family camping trip ended in tragedy over the weekend when two brothers drowned in an irrigation canal east of here, one dying trying to save the life of the other.

Dead are 15-year-old Harry Beauchamp and his 9-year-old brother Dennis, both of Oswego, a tiny town near Wolf Point.

Lake County authorities said Dennis was taking pictures Saturday evening when he lost his footing on a footbridge above the canal and fell in.

"Realizing that his little brother did not know how to swim, Harry jumped in to rescue him," according to a press release from Sheriff Lucky Larson's office. "The swift current swept both boys away."

Lake County dispatchers received a call about the incident at 7:29 p.m. Deputies and Salish Kootenai Tribal Police officers responded, located the brothers, and pulled them from the water.

They were rushed to St. Luke Hospital in Ronan, but despite all attempts to revive the boys, the brothers were pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m.

The incident took place off St. Mary's Lake Road.

Harry and Dennis were both students in Frazer, another small town near Oswego.

The Beauchamp family was visiting family on the Flathead Indian Reservation. A wake near Ninepipes Reservoir began Sunday and continued Monday.

The boys' bodies were taken to Oswego for a wake Tuesday, and funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday in Frazer.

Harry and Dennis are survived by their parents, Harry and Missy Beauchamp, and sisters Cherish Rose and Morning Dove.

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